FirstEnergy Stadium
Get FirstEnergy Stadium essential facts below. View Videos or join the FirstEnergy Stadium discussion. Add FirstEnergy Stadium to your topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
FirstEnergy Stadium
FirstEnergy Stadium
FirstEnergy Stadium logo.svg
FirstEnergy Stadium panorama 2016.jpg
FirstEnergy Stadium exterior 2016.jpg
Interior and exterior views in 2016
FirstEnergy Stadium is located in the US
FirstEnergy Stadium
FirstEnergy Stadium
FirstEnergy Stadium is located in Ohio
FirstEnergy Stadium
FirstEnergy Stadium
FirstEnergy Stadium is located in Cleveland
FirstEnergy Stadium
FirstEnergy Stadium
Former names Cleveland Browns Stadium (1999-2013)
Address 100 Alfred Lerner Way
Location Cleveland, Ohio
Coordinates 41°30?22?N 81°41?58?W / 41.50611°N 81.69944°W / 41.50611; -81.69944Coordinates: 41°30?22?N 81°41?58?W / 41.50611°N 81.69944°W / 41.50611; -81.69944
Public transit GCRTA West Third
Owner City of Cleveland
Operator Cleveland Browns
Executive suites 143
Capacity 73,200 (1999-2014)
67,431 (2014-2017)
67,895 (2017-present)
Record attendance 73,718 (November 3, 2002 vs. Steelers)
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass[1]
Broke ground May 15, 1997
Opened September 12, 1999
Construction cost $283 million
($407 million in 2016 dollars[2])[3]
Architect HOK Sport[4]
Robert P. Madison International, Inc.[5]
Ralph Tyler Companies[6]
Project manager The Project Group[7]
Structural engineer Osborn Engineering[8]
Services engineer URS Corporation[9]
General contractor Huber, Hunt & Nichols
Cleveland Browns (NFL) (1999-present)

FirstEnergy Stadium, officially FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns, is a multi-purpose stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, primarily for American football. It is the home field of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL), and serves as a venue for other events such as college and high school football, soccer, and concerts. It opened in 1999 as Cleveland Browns Stadium and was renovated in two phases in early 2014 and 2015. The initial seating capacity was listed at 73,200 people, but following the first phase of the renovation project in 2014, seating capacity was reduced to 67,431. Since 2017, capacity is listed at 67,895. The stadium sits on 31 acres (13 ha) of land between Lake Erie and the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in the North Coast Harbor area of downtown Cleveland, adjacent to the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The site was previously the location of Cleveland Stadium from 1931 to 1996.[10][11]


FirstEnergy Stadium is located on the site of Cleveland Stadium, commonly called Cleveland Municipal Stadium, a multipurpose facility built in 1931 that served as the Browns' home field from their inception in 1946 through the 1995 season. During the 1995 season, owner Art Modell announced his plans to move the team to Baltimore, which resulted in legal action from the city of Cleveland and Browns season ticket holders. The day after the announcement was made, voters in Cuyahoga County approved an extension of the original 1990 sin tax on alcohol and tobacco products to fund renovations to Cleveland Stadium.[12] Eventually, as part of the agreement between Modell, the city of Cleveland, and the NFL, the city agreed to tear down Cleveland Stadium and build a new stadium on the same site using the sin tax funds. Modell agreed to leave the Browns name, colors, and history in Cleveland and create a new identity for his franchise, eventually becoming the Baltimore Ravens, while the NFL agreed to reactivate the Browns by 1999 through expansion or relocation of another team. Demolition on the old stadium began in November 1996 and was completed in early 1997. Debris from the former stadium was submerged in Lake Erie and now serves as an artificial reef.

Ground was broken for the new stadium on May 15, 1997, and it opened in July 1999. The first event was a preseason game between the Browns and the Minnesota Vikings on August 21, followed the next week by a preseason game against the Chicago Bears. The first regular-season Browns game at the stadium was played the evening of September 12, 1999, a 43-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.[13]

Since 2011, the stadium has been referred to by some as the "Factory of Sadness", a name that was first coined that year by comedian and Browns fan Mike Polk. Polk made a video outside the stadium in which he complains about the team's futility.[14] Through the 2016 season, FirstEnergy Stadium is one of two NFL venues that have yet to host a postseason game of any kind, the other being U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016 and is scheduled to host Super Bowl LII in 2018. The Browns are one of five teams who have yet to host a home playoff game in their respective stadium, along with the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, and New York Jets. The latter three teams, however, have hosted the Super Bowl at their respective stadium, while the Jets' home, MetLife Stadium, has also hosted a New York Giants home playoff game.


Dawg Pound in 2016

The stadium was designed by the Sport Venue Event Division of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK). Indianapolis-based Huber, Hunt & Nichols was the construction manager. The stadium is a concrete and glass structure, using precast concrete and cast in-place for the upper concourse. Natural stone accents were used at the base of the stadium. The construction of the concrete superstructure took more than 6,000 truckloads of concrete, or the equivalent of 60,000 cubic yards (46,000 m3), with a weight of approximately 235,000,000 pounds (107,000,000 kg).

The playing surface is a Kentucky Bluegrass irrigated field, with a sand-soil root zone and an underground heating system that involves nine boilers and 40 miles of underground piping. The heating system prevents the field from freezing and extends the growing season of the turf.[1] Although it was designed for football, the playing surface was built large enough to accommodate international soccer matches.

The eastern seating section is the home of the Dawg Pound, a section of bleacher seats. It was designed as a successor to the original Dawg Pound at Cleveland Stadium, the bleacher section also located in the east end zone. When FirstEnergy Stadium opened in 1999, the Dawg Pound was a 10,644, double-deck area. During stadium renovations in 2014, the upper level of the Dawg Pound was reduced to make way for a new, larger scoreboard, auxiliary scoreboard, and additional fan areas, and the bleacher seating in the upper level was replaced with chairbacks.[15]


In 2013, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced a modernization project for FirstEnergy Stadium. The project included two phases that took place during the NFL offseasons in 2014 and 2015. Phase one included improving the audio system, installing new scoreboards three times the size of the original scoreboards and at the time the 4th largest in a NFL stadium, and adding more seats to the lower bowl.[16] Phase two included concession improvements, upgrades to technology connectivity, graphics throughout the stadium, and enhancing the premium suites. The renovations reduced the stadium's capacity to approximately 68,000.[17] The total cost of the renovations was estimated at $120 million with the city of Cleveland paying $30 million over 15 years and the Browns covering the rest of the cost.[18]

Stadium naming

The city specifically chose not to sell the naming rights to the stadium itself, which is highly unusual for major American stadiums built in recent years. However, it instead sold the naming rights to each of the facility's four main entrance gates. Originally, the gates were named for National City Bank, Steris Corp., CoreComm Inc., and the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.[19] The arrangement was later discontinued, though has since been partially restored. As of the 2016 season, the southwest and northwest gates are not sponsored, while the southeast gate is sponsored by and named for University Hospitals of Cleveland and the northeast gate by Cree Inc.[20]

Randy Lerner sold the Browns to Jimmy Haslam, CEO of truck stop chain Pilot Flying J, in August 2012. Before the deal officially closed in October 2012, Haslam announced he would sell the stadium's naming rights. Haslam effectively ruled out his family business as buying the naming rights, mentioning that he had received offers for the naming rights, and that none of them are based in his home state of Tennessee.[21][22] On January 14, 2013, it was reported that the naming rights were sold to FirstEnergy Corporation, the Akron-based electric utility serving most of northeastern Ohio.[23] The Browns announced the following day that the stadium would be renamed "FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns", with the deal getting official Cleveland City Council approval on February 15, 2013.[24] Though naming rights belong to FirstEnergy Corporation through 2029, the stadium itself is actually serviced by Cleveland Public Power.[25]


The stadium does not have public parking facilities. However, there are several adjacent parking facilities: the Port Authority visitors lot, the West 3rd Street parking lot, and the Great Lakes Science Center parking garage. Additionally, the West 3rd Street station of Cleveland's Waterfront light rail line serves the stadium.

Other events

Lined for soccer in 2016

In addition to home games for the Browns, the stadium hosts other events during the year, including college football, high school football, and international soccer, along with occasional concerts. The Ohio Classic, a college football game, was held there in both 2004 and 2005. In September 2006, it hosted the game between the Bowling Green Falcons and Wisconsin Badgers, which had an announced attendance of 30,307 people.[26] From 2007 through 2009, the stadium hosted an event known as the Patriot Bowl, a season-opening game intended to showcase teams from the Mid-American Conference. The first Patriot Bowl featured the Army Black Knights and Akron Zips and drew 17,835 fans.[27] The following season, Boston College defeated Kent State in the second Patriot Bowl on August 30, 2008 in front of 10,788 people.[28] The third and final Patriot Bowl game was between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Toledo Rockets. While the game was considered a home game for Toledo, the crowd of 71,727 was mostly Ohio State fans.[29][30]

It has hosted numerous high school football games, including playoff games of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) tournament.[31] In June 2010, the Browns announced that four area powerhouses would play in doubleheader named the High School Football Charity Game. The games were played on August 28, 2010.[32] Most recently it hosted the rivalry game between two of the Cleveland area's largest parochial schools, St. Ignatius High School and St. Edward High School, in October 2016, which had 17,400 fans in attendance.[33]


FirstEnergy Stadium is a periodic host for both the United States men's (USMNT) and women's national soccer (USWNT) teams. The stadium hosted a game between the USMNT and Venezuela in the run-up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup and a game in 2013 against Belgium that drew 27,720 fans.[34] The USWNT has played at the stadium on two occasions, the most recent being in 2016. It hosted a friendly against Germany in 2010 and the second leg of a friendly series with Japan in 2016. The game against Japan had 23,535 fans in attendance, the largest crowd to see the USWNT play in Ohio.[35]CONCACAF announced in December 2016 that FirstEnergy Stadium would host games in the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the USMNT playing at the stadium July 15, 2017 against Nicaragua as part of a doubleheader that also included Panama and Martinique. Both Panama and the United States won their respective matches by a score of 3-0.[36][37][38]

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
May 26, 2006  United States 2-0  Venezuela International Friendly 30,000
May 22, 2010  United States 4-0  Germany Women's Friendly 10,321
May 29, 2013  Belgium 4-2  United States Friendly 27,720
June 5, 2016  United States 2-0  Japan Women's Friendly 23,535
July 15, 2017  United States 3-0  Nicaragua 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup 27,934
 Panama  Martinique


A limited number of concerts have been held at FirstEnergy Stadium since it opened.[39]

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
May 20, 2000 George Strait Tim McGraw
Martina McBride
Kenny Chesney
Lee Ann Womack
Asleep at the Wheel
George Strait Country Music Festival 46,087 / 46,087 $2,199,820 The first concert held in the stadium.[40]
June 25, 2000 The Three Tenors -- The Three Tenors World Tour -- -- [41]
June 21, 2001 NSYNC -- PopOdyssey Tour -- --
June 22, 2001
July 14, 2007 Kenny Chesney Brooks & Dunn
Sara Evans
Pat Green
Taylor Swift
Flip-Flop Summer Tour 49,130 / 49,130 $3,817,126 [42]
May 24, 2008 Keith Urban
Sammy Hagar
LeAnn Rimes
The Poets and Pirates Tour 40,440 / 44,774 $3,076,852 [43]
July 29, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jake Owen
Brothers of the Sun Tour 45,321 / 48,495 $3,511,455
August 27, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On the Road Again Tour 30,282 / 30,282 $2,189,216
September 5, 2015 Luke Bryan Florida Georgia Line
Randy Houser
Dustin Lynch
DJ Rock
Kick the Dust Up Tour 42,012 / 42,012 $3,229,227
July 1, 2017 U2 OneRepublic The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 51,849 / 51,849 $5,582,965 Tickets for the concert went on sale January 17 and were sold out the following day.[44]
July 17, 2018 Taylor Swift TBA The Reputation Stadium Tour TBA TBA

See also


  1. ^ a b Newcomb, Tim (September 29, 2015). "Turf time: Which stadiums have the best and worst fields in the NFL?". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cleveland Browns Stadium". Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ "Stadia Architectural Design". Populous. 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ "History". Robert P. Madison International, Inc. 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ralph Tyler". The History Makers. 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ Cleveland Browns Stadium (PDF). Weston, Inc. 1999. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ "Osborn Engineering Co". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ "A strong local presence". Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. 
  10. ^ 2016 Official NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. 2014. p. 58. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ "About Us". FirstEnergy Stadium. 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ "PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : AFC : Tax Measure Passes Easily in Cleveland". Los Angeles Times. November 8, 1995. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cleveland Browns - 1999". Cleveland Browns. 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  14. ^ "Are Cleveland Browns fans at last growing weary of their NFL 'factory of sadness'?". The Plain Dealer. November 11, 2011. Retrieved 2015. 
  15. ^ Moore, Glenn (June 16, 2014). "Cleveland Browns announce FirstEnergy Stadium renovations are on time and on budget". Thye Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ "Alec Scheiner Outlines FirstEnergy Stadium Renovation". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ "Cleveland Browns reveal 2-year FirstEnergy Stadium modernization proposal". November 13, 2013. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ Atassi, Leila (November 25, 2016). "Cleveland City Council approves financing for upgrades to FirstEnergy Stadium". Retrieved 2016. 
  19. ^ Mitchell, Eric (July 5, 1999). "Browns not selling stadium naming rights, but gates are another story". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved 2012. 
  20. ^ Cleveland Browns 2016 Stadium Seating Guide (Map) (PDF). Cleveland Browns. 2016. 
  21. ^ "Pilot won't buy naming rights for FirstEnergy Stadium". Retrieved 2012. 
  22. ^ "UPDATE: Pilot Flying J's Haslam Buys Cleveland Browns". Retrieved 2012. 
  23. ^ Associated Press (January 14, 2013). "Browns to sell stadium naming rights". Retrieved 2013. 
  24. ^ Naymik, Mark (March 8, 2013). "Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has spell over football fans and politicians alike". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland Live LLC. Retrieved 2013. Sweeney let the naming-rights deal pass on Feb. 15... 
  25. ^ Feran, Tom (January 22, 2013). "Mike Polensek says utility First Energy will have its name on a stadium powered by the city's electric company". Politifact Ohio. Retrieved 2016. 
  26. ^ "Wisconsin waltzes past Bowling Green to kick off post-Alvarez era". Associated Press. September 2, 2006. Retrieved 2016. 
  27. ^ "Zips 22, Black Knights 14". Associated Press. September 2, 2007. Retrieved 2016. 
  28. ^ Blaudschun, Mark (August 31, 2008). "Eagles Flash Their Potential in Opening Win". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008. 
  29. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (March 4, 2009). "Donation rule will mean Ohio State fans at rare Cleveland game will be Toledo boosters, too". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2016. 
  30. ^ "Pryor, Ohio State feast on Toledo's porous defense". September 19, 2009. Retrieved 2016. 
  31. ^ Tilton, Bill (June 10, 2010). "High school football: Mentor will play St. Edward at Browns Stadium". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2010. 
  32. ^ "Browns to host Charity Game". Cleveland Browns. June 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010. 
  33. ^ "St. Ignatius, St. Edward play at FirstEnergy Stadium on beautiful Saturday night". Cleveland Browns. October 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  34. ^ Lyndall, Craig (May 2013). "Cleveland shines even as USMNT does not". WaitingForNextYear. Retrieved 2016. 
  35. ^ Pokorny, Chris (June 5, 2016). "FirstEnergy Stadium hosts USWNT's 2-0 victory over Japan". DawgsByNature. Retrieved 2016. 
  36. ^ Stejskal, Stan (December 19, 2016). "CONCACAF announce 2017 Gold Cup venues, USA and Mexico group schedule". Retrieved 2016. 
  37. ^ "2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Games and TV times". USA Today. July 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  38. ^ "U.S. defeats Nicaragua, captures Group B title Share". CONCACAF. July 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  39. ^ Cooley, Patrick (January 19, 2017). "Why aren't more non-Browns events held at FirstEnergy Stadium?". Retrieved 2017. 
  40. ^
  41. ^
  42. ^
  43. ^<
  44. ^ Smith, Troy L. (January 18, 2017). "U2's FirstEnergy Stadium show sells out, resale demand soars". Retrieved 2017. 

External links

Preceded by
Cleveland Stadium
Home of the
Cleveland Browns

1999 - present
Succeeded by

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Top US Cities